Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Mishmash

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:

  1. Giveaway winner!  Congrats to Amber Garcia. She won the zombie deer, compact mirror, bookmark, and sticker. Amber, I've emailed you to get your mailing address.
  2. Edits  Last week was an intense few days of editing for Touch of Death, but it's finished! Yay!
  3. Back to planning  While I wait for edits on the sequel to Touch of Death, I'll be continuing to plan the next manuscript I have in mind. Planning is so exciting!
  4. Reading  Last week was really busy for me and my reading suffered. I'm hoping to catch up this week.
  5. Picture book sketches  My editor told me I'd get to see sketches for one of my upcoming picture books this week. Seeing how an illustrator pictures my characters is always exciting.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

56 comments:

  1. Glad to see you're keeping busy. Doing some heavy revisions this week. Looking forward to it. :)

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  2. Oooh! Picture book sketches, that's so exciting! I hope they turn out great. And congrats on finishing your edits!

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    1. Thanks, Majanka! And yes, I'm looking forward to seeing the sketches.

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  3. Do you find when you're planning a new idea that a couple of ideas sort of gallop off, and later when you look at the plan you have to shake your head at the plot outline?...or is that just me :)

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    1. To be honest, I rarely use my notes when I'm drafting. I let the characters lead me. My planning is more for getting to know my characters and the general story, but I stray from it all the time.

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    2. I'm with you there, Kelly! Once those characters begin to develop they really do take on a life of their own and take us writers in directions we haven't necessarily expected. It's part of the fun of writing fiction! You sound incredibly busy. I'm in awe of writers with more than one project on the go. How do you do it?

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    3. Writing full time really helps. During the school year, I get a lot done because I'm the only one home. That means a lot of writing. :)

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  4. Congrats on the finished edits, Kelly. You're right: planning a new novel (or a sequel) is always exciting. :) I'm writing out the ending of my MG novel this and next week while I wait for more illustrations for the next PB to be turned in. Students are preparing for the exams and we're swamped with revisions. Help ~

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    1. Aw, good luck with all that. I know it seems like a lot, but you'll get it done. :)

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  5. You did have a busy week, but it was fun too, right?

    I'm waiting on edits from the editor on my next book. Should have them any day now.

    Seeing the illustrations for your picture book is always exciting.

    Have a nice week.

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    1. Definitely fun!

      Good luck with the edits. I'll be getting edits on the sequel to Touch of Death mid-August. Looking forward them.

      Enjoy your week!

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  6. Got to catch up on my writing. Too many pots on the stove, but I feel balanced and organized...:) Yay!

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    1. Being organized makes a huge difference, doesn't it? Good luck!

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  7. Sounds like it'll be a promising week!

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  8. Congrats on finishing your edits, Kelly. Still waiting for mine. Plotting is fan, isn't it? I'm still determined to catch up with you...and write at least 4 books this year...(LOL, I could hope)

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    1. LOL. I'm trying to hold off on number 5 until the end of August. It's killing me though. I may cave.

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  9. Wow, you have been really busy and very productive! I've begun work on draft 2 of my WIP. I want to have something worthy of sending to beta readers by fall.

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  10. Busy week, as usual, Kelly. Congratulations on finishing your edits. I am just about to go into mine. Have one or two more scenes to write for my digital holiday short, then its editing time.

    Have a good week.

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  11. You are amazingly busy and diverse with your writing!

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    1. Aw, thanks! That's sweet of you to say.

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  12. Congrats on finishing up the edits!! I just finished a major revision on my WIP. Now I need to go through it once more for some minor changes, and then I send it off to my agent. Woohoo!!

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  13. Sounds like a busy week. I'm working on edits while book 2 ferments for while. But a book I stopped working on last month has started talking again so it's about time to pull it back out. :)

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    1. Yes, it sounds like it is time to pull that back out.

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  14. I love the whole planning thing!

    The only problem I have is that I love planning so much that I never get to the writing part. lol

    Actually, I have to give myself props. I wrote 1500 words yesterday to add to my WIP. :D

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    1. Yay! Great job, Diane.

      Yeah, at some point you have to say that's enough planning and just write the thing. ;)

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  15. Congrats to Amber! Happy to have finished a piece for another site ( their subject was 'Heat' for the month of August. It was hanging over me like a anvil. I wrote three pieces before I got the one I wanted. Glad it's behind me. And congrats on finishing the edits, that must be a relief. Are you getting excited or have you moved beyond that stage into raw energy?

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    1. Believe it or not, I'm still kind of in disbelief. LOL. Sometimes I think I must be dreaming. ;)

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  16. I agree, planning is so exciting! And seeing the sketches for your book is great!

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  17. You're having one busy summer, Kelly! Congrats to the winner.

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    1. Yup. And that's the way I like it. :)

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  18. How fun to get to see the sketches! I bet that is an awesome feeling. Hope you can do some more reading this week- but great that you had such a productive week last week. Yeah for Amber!

    I am off to the airport soon to pick up my fiance (he has been away for a week). Not much work will be getting done today- but this week I will be reading and writing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Yay for your fiance coming home. Good luck with your reading and writing this week, Jess.

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  19. As usual you have so many exciting things going on. Glad you finished your edits for "Touch of Death" and looking forward to seeing your next picture book!

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  20. Seeing illustrations for your picture book should be fun!

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  21. Great job on completing the edits! I'm still working hard on mine. And yay for getting to see the illustrations:)

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    1. Thanks, Stacy. Good luck with your edits.

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  22. Such great things. Congrats to Amber and to you for finishing the edits.

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  23. Congrats to the winner, and to you, Kelly, for finishing the edits. Planning and exploring the next idea for a story is always fun. :)

    I'm neck deep with editss as well, and I'm loving it. Discovering all those details I missed during the first draft.

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    1. It's great when you can easily see what you need to fix. Good luck with it.

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  24. Oh wow, you have so many exciting things going on. I've had a rewrite request... So I'm working on it!

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    1. Yay! That's great, Michelle. Good luck with it. :)

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  25. new follower through GFC as lucyatmax! great cover on your book and will be anxious to read more about it.
    Beth
    bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Beth. Thank you for following and for the nice comments about Touch of Death.

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  26. Congratulations to the winner! How exciting to be able to see upcoming sketches of your book.

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  27. I'm waiting to hear back from my beta readers and editor on the book, and taking regular looks at the text myself.

    Beyond that, I'm starting to plan the next book, which will be a prequel.

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    1. Prequel—very cool! Good luck with it.

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